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Daily Edition
February 15, 2008  

Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 25 (February 14, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 23 (February 15, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 32 (February 15, 2008)

The Senate is in a pro forma session today.
The House is in a pro forma session today.

Business Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 5463 ( Hensarling, R-TX), to protect investors by fostering transparency and accountability of attorneys in private securities litigation; to Financial Services, and Judiciary. H991, CR 2/14/08.


Bills Introduced

S 2648 ( Schumer, D-NY), to amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to improve programs carried out through youth opportunity grants; to Finance. S1054, remarks and text S1061, CR 2/14/08.

HR 5461 ( Fattah, D-PA), to require the president to call a White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010; to Education and Labor. H993, CR 2/14/08.

HR 5464 ( Klein, D-FL), to direct the Attorney General to make an annual grant to the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center to assist law enforcement agencies in the rapid recovery of missing children; to Judiciary. H994, CR 2/14/08.

HR 5466 ( McDermott, D-WA), to improve outcomes for vulnerable children by investing in families, improving accountability in the child welfare system, and finding safe, stable, and permanent homes for foster children; to Ways and Means. H994, CR 2/14/08.

Floor Action  

On 2/14/08, the Senate passed HR 1216, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations to reduce the incidence of child pornography.



On 2/14/08, the Senate received the nomination of William T. Lawrence, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana.

Disability Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 5455 ( Burton, R-IN), to amend Title 11 of the United States Code to make nondischargeable debts for personal injuries that result in permanent disability; to Judiciary. H992, CR 2/14/08.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

S 2641 (Grassley, R-IA), to amend Title XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to improve the transparency of information on skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities and to clarify and improve the targeting of the enforcement of requirements with respect to such facilities; to Finance. S1054, remarks S1058, CR 2/14/08.

Election Law

Bills Introduced  

S 2638 ( Kohl, D-WI), to change the date for regularly scheduled federal elections and establish polling place hours; to Rules and Administration. S1054, remarks and text S1056, CR 2/14/08.

Environmental Law

Bills Introduced

HR 5469 ( Slaughter, D-NY), to provide grants for the revitalization of waterfront brownfields; to Energy and Commerce, and Transportation and Infrastructure. H994, remarks E198, CR 2/14/08.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

HR 5442 ( Markey, D-MA), to provide individuals with access to health information of which they are a subject; to ensure personal privacy, security, and confidentiality with respect to health-related information in promoting the development of a nationwide interoperable health information infrastructure; to impose criminal and civil penalties for unauthorized use of personal health information; to provide for the strong enforcement of these rights; and to protect states' rights; to Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and Labor, and Financial Services. H993, remarks E199, CR 2/14/08.

HR 5449 ( Kagen, D-WI), to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit discrimination in group health coverage and individual health insurance coverage; to Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, and Ways and Means. H993, CR 2/14/08.

Indian Law

Floor Action

On 2/14/08, the Senate continued consideration of S 1200, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise and extend the act.

Federal Government

Floor Action  

On 2/14/08, the House passed, by a 223-32 vote, H Res 982, recommending that the House of Representatives find former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with subpoenas duly issued by the Judiciary Committee.

International Law

Bills Introduced

S Res 455 ( Durbin, D-IL), calling for peace in Darfur; to Foreign Relations. S1055, remarks and text S1073, CR 2/14/08 .

Floor Action

On 2/14/08, the Senate passed S Res 439, expressing the strong support of the Senate for the North Atlantic Trade Organization to enter into a Membership Action Plan with Georgia and Ukraine.

National Security

Bills Introduced

HR 5440 ( Fossella, R-NY), to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence; to Judiciary, and Intelligence (Permanent Select). H992, CR 2/14/08.

HR 5460 ( Eshoo, D-CA), to amend the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 and Title 18, United States Code, to include waterboarding in the definition of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment and in the definition of torture; to Judiciary, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), and Armed Services. H993, CR 2/14/08.

Tax Law

Bills Introduced  

S 2650 ( Specter, R-PA), to provide for a 5-year carryback of certain net operating losses and to suspend the 90 percent alternative minimum tax limit on certain net operating losses; to Finance. S1054, CR 2/24/08.  


On 2/14/08, the Senate received the following nominations: David Gustafson, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of 15 years; and Elizabeth Crewson Paris, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court, for a term of 15 years.

Presidential Action  

On 2/13/08, the president signed HR 5140 [P.L. 110-185], to provide economic stimulus through recovery rebates to individuals, incentives for business investment, and an increase in conforming and FHA loan limits.